June 10th, 2010
A 7 DVD set of The High Chaparral in German and English is available from Kinowelt, a leading film distributor and DVD provider in Germany. Kinowelt is a national and international licenser of film and television rights.
The DVDs are in PAL (European) format with both German and English languages and Dolby sound. In the U.S an all region/all format DVD player is required to read the PAL formatted discs, however most newer model players are all region. Check the manufacturer/model documentation to be certain. Computer DVD players will typically always play back a PAL formatted disk so the episodes can be watched that way if the TV DVD player won’t accept the PAL format.
The set covers the first season, including the two hour pilot. The website at Kinowelt has beautiful clear photos from first season episodes.
Episodes on the Kinowelt set have crystal clear, crisp sound and picture quality. Regular season episodes appear to be complete and uncut and of exceptionally high resolution.
Fans have reported a small amount of difficulty with the first disk in the set, as the initial scene with Cochise has been over-dubbed in German instead of English. There are also reports of a slight playback problem on that disk which requires a quick fast-forward, and there are a few sort scenes missing in the pilot. Aside from these minor issues this release has HC fans happily watching complete, crystal clear episodes from season one of The High Chaparral.
When I reported the playback issue to both Kinowelt and Amazon, I received a replacement immediately, so am pleased with the good customer service.
Kinowelt is currently planning to release Season Two of The High Chaparral in late 2010 or early 2011.
The set is listed on Amazon Germany for $39.95 EU.